From: Saginaw, TX
Define an area with 4 Ref points (Ctrl+Right click) close to the Bear
Make the Ref Points 'Relative' to the Bear, either Fixed or Rotating, I like Fixed (Editor menu)
Ahh, hadn't thought about FOUR ref points around the contact. I was trying with one relative to the BEAR, but of course it only keeps relative bearing, not distance.
Mark the contact as unfriendly.
I thought I tried that, but the fighters wouldn't bite. It's a new day, so I'll attempt to again with UNFRIENDLY. It was late into the night, and after an hour of attempts, I'm not sure if my frustration caused me to miss marking it as UNFRIENDLY.
I figured the primary reason for allowing a player to mark contacts as different threat levels (NEUTRAL, HOSTILE, etc.) in combination with weapons doctrine / ROE was to allow for such a scenario. It just became frustrating that, after so much time in the game (I bought it shortly after its release), I couldn't get my fighter jocks to perform a simple Cold War-era mission - escort the BEAR!
Thanks for the assist, gentlemen.